Chris Crass’s talks can be tailored to be keynotes or highly interactive presentations depending on your needs and goals. He loves working with people new to these ideas as well as people who have long been involved in the work of social change. Central themes in all of Chris Crass’s interactive talks and keynotes include:
• Creating a culture of inspiration to counter despair and build resilience for liberation
• Moving through guilt, shame and fear into courage, love, and action
• Inspiring participants to connect to their values and see themselves as part of larger movements for justice
• Supporting white people to see racial justice as central to their own humanity and collective liberation
• Helping men to see gender justice as central to their own humanity and collective liberation
• Rooting our efforts for change in a vision of love for our world, our communities, and ourselves
Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation
How can we be courageous in these times for racial justice? With racist hate, fear and violence on the rise, this is an interactive talk that uses story telling, humor, and lessons from social justice efforts historically and today, to help participants understand the impacts of racism and how we can work for an inclusive, multiracial democracy on our campuses, in our communities and in our country. Because this talk invites participation from those attending, it incorporates the needs, issues, and voices of the campus or community hosting it. It is a talk that both meets new people where they’re at and invites them in, while also supporting the growth of people who have long been involved in these conversations and activism.
Being An Ally for Social Justice
While awareness of power, privilege and oppression is growing on campuses and in many of our communities, the question “what can I do” persists. Using stories from his own experience as a white person coming into consciousness about racism and as a man coming into awareness of sexism, Chris takes people on a journey that many can relate to, yet few speak openly about. Sharing openly and honestly, with human and humility, about the often painful experience of becoming aware of one’s privilege, and the awkward confusion of trying to figure out what to do, Chris invites participants to explore their own journey and helps them develop frameworks and practical next steps to become allies. For Chris, the work of an ally isn’t just to work to end the injustices impacting others, but to work against supremacy systems that pit us against each other, suffocate our full humanity, and undermine democracy and economic justice for all.
An Introduction to Feminism for Men
Feminism is a vision of a better world for all of us. The violence of sexism impacts our families, communities, social justice movements, and society. How can men step up and join feminist movement to free themselves and others from the nightmare of patriarchy in all of our lives? How can men play healthy and effective roles working for feminist change in society? This presentation explores these questions and more.
From Our Ancestors, For Our Future: Lessons from Legendary Organizers Ella Baker and Anne Braden on Building Justice Movements Today
How can we build the movements we need? Let us draw lessons from two of the most effective organizers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, Ella Baker and Anne Braden, to help us answer that question. Ella Baker and Anne Braden’s relationship-based approach to organizing helped build strong communities, effective groups, and democratic leadership to seek justice. What does Ella Baker’s emphasis on direct action and group-centered leadership teach us about strategy? What does Anne Braden’s anti-racist organizing in white communities teach us for today? Let’s learn from their legacies, and build the movements we need.